Shakespeare’s Dog

Overview

A tour de force of inventive wit Shakespeare’s Dog is the eccentric and high-spirited story of William Shakespeare and how he came to bed and wed Anne Hathaway.

Told from the point of view of the Bard’s dog, this astonishing novel of comic bliss, hailed as a triumph of language and an amusing delight.

Awards

Winner
Governor General’s Award for Fiction
1983

Reviews

A veritable find, a novel to thoroughly delight and amuse the most jaded of readers...it is lickerish, witty and full of panache.

Publishers Weekly

A rollicking comic novel...a triumph of characterization and language.

Toronto Star

Shakespeare's Dog is a breakthrough book. It's marvellously inventive, full of juicy delights.

Globe and Mail

The most idiosyncratic and diverting of biographies of a man whose life stays shrouded in a lost quotidian...Leon Rooke's capacity for unusual kinds of empathy was already amply demonstrated in his last novel, Fat Woman. In Shakespeare's Dog he's put his talent to the test and passed triumphantly...a robust delight.

Harper’s

Exuberant...a triumph.

Maclean’s

About the Authors

Leon Rooke

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Leon Rooke

Leon Rooke is the author of seven novels, including Shakespeare's Dog which won the 1993 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Other major awards he has received include The W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, and the CBC Fiction Prize. He has published over 300 short stories, as well as poetry and plays, and is the founder of The Eden Mills Literary Festival.

Shelagh Rogers

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Shelagh Rogers

In the early 1980's Shelagh Rogers joined CBC Radio in Ottawa. She moved to Toronto in 1984. For ten years, she was host of The Arts Tonight. In 1995 she became Deputy Host of Morningside. In September of 2000, Rogers began two years as host of CBC Radio's flagship current affairs program This Morning. Shelagh adds her voice to a number of causes including mental illness awareness, homelessness, homeless youth training.